(NON)ALIGNED MOVEMENTS Strenghtening contemporary dance in Western Balkans

Project area
Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, Music) 
Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia (partner) 
Project lead
Station service for contemporary dance (RS) 
Creative Europe (2014 -2020) - Culture / European cooperation projects Western Balkans
EU funding
499.657 EUR

Coordinator: Station service for contemporary dance (RS)
Partners: Lokomotiva centre for new initiatives in arts and culture (MK), Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria (BG), Tanzfabrik Kreuzberg GUG (Haftungsbeschränkt) (DE), Umetniško društvo Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija (SI)
EU support: 499.657 EUR
Project duration: 1. 3. 2021–31. 12. 2024

(Non)Aligned Movements is the project that is designed to boost the creative and collaborative potential of contemporary dance in the Western Balkans. It reinforces the social impact of Balkan contemporary dance by raising its capacities for action and collaboration, by promoting its heritage and by inscribing it in future discourses and cultural practices.

There are three main pillars of the project:
Present the past, which is directed to the preservation of dance heritage through research, conceptualization and presentation, enhansing the digitalisation know-how in the dance field.
Reflect the presence, which means production of critical discourse and reflection on social, cultural and artistic value of contemporary dance in the Balkan societies.
Create the future that is directed to chose an eco-responsible way to provide good working conditions for artists and to connect them to other socially relevant contexts.

NAM project wants to share the experiences of self-organization, horizontal organizational structure, balance and openness for all likeminded dance and performing arts actors.  With NAM we will create the Balkan Open Digital Dance Archive to introduce contemporary dance as an important cultural heritage of our region. We will reinforce the network of residency programme in the region to enable mobility of dance professionals in the region, and better connect the regional dance festivals.

NAM pays particular attention to the underprivileged communities within the Balkan contemporary dance scene: women, LGBTQI and body diverse artists, practices and experiences are given priority.

Partners of the project are: Station Service for Contemporary Dance from Belgrade, Lokomotiva Center for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture from Skopje, Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia from Ljubljana, Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria (Sofia) and Tanzfabrik from Berlin.

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